Do you Have Aluminum Wiring In Your Greater Victoria Home?
If your home was built through the mid 1960’s or into the 1970’s then it’s likely you have aluminum wiring inside of your walls unless someone has replaced it. If you’ve just purchased an older home or you’ve been living in the home for quite a while and haven’t had your aluminum wiring inspected by a professional then now would be a good time to start!
Arsenal Electrical Services is a full service electrical contractor serving the Greater Victoria area. We specialize in inspecting, troubleshooting, and repairing, homes and buildings that have older aluminum wiring in-place. From simple troubleshooting and repair to replacing entire circuits with more modern copper wiring the team at Arsenal Electrical Services can help make your aluminum wiring safe and reliable.
Aluminum Wiring Services We Provide
- Aluminum wiring inspections
- Aluminum wiring repairs
- Aluminum wiring replacement
Is Your Aluminum Wiring Dangerous?
When it comes to the electrical system in your home or building usually safety and reliability are the top concerns. Aluminum wiring is a safe wiring choice but only if it’s been properly installed. One of the issues with aluminum wiring is that it can oxidize when it’s exposed to the air. This can result in overheating and often leads to a failure at the termination point such as a receptacle or switch, especially if aluminum wiring has been used in branch circuits (the smaller circuits from your electrical panel to plugs, switches, and light fixtures).
If you’ve just moved into an older home or you’ve noticed some strange electrical symptoms in an older home you’ve lived in for a while it would be a wise idea to call a licensed electrician such as Arsenal Electrical Services to come and inspect the aluminum wiring in your home. When it comes to electrical you’re better safe than sorry!
How Do You Know If Your Home Has Aluminum Wiring?
If it was built during the 1960’s or the 1970’s then your home was built during a time period when Aluminum wiring was a common material used in construction. There is a very good chance your home has aluminum wiring in one or several circuits. You can find out for sure by looking at any visible wiring. In an older home you might find visible wiring in your basement, attic, or around your electrical panel. Aluminum wiring is usually marked with the word “Aluminum” or with a number of abbreviations such as Alum, Alum ACM, or just AL.
If you are unsure or don’t feel comfortable poking around the electrical system of your home just give us a call and we’re happy to come and have a look for you.
Common Electrical Issues Caused By Aluminum Wiring
There are a variety of symptoms that might be present if your home has aluminum wiring that has started to oxidize or has become otherwise unreliable and unsafe.
- Lights that flicker and cannot be repaired with a new bulb.
- Electrical outlets that won’t work even with the circuit powered on.
- Annoying static from your TV or computers.
- Circuit breakers that constantly trip for no apparent reason.
- Burning plastic odor around switches and outlets.
If your older home has any of the above symptoms it’s important to have the issue inspected by a professional as soon as you can.
Why Choose Arsenal Electrical Services for Your Aluminum Wiring?
When you choose to work with Arsenal Electrical Services to inspect or repair your Aluminum wiring you’re partnering with a small, local, company that has extensive experience in the electrical trades. We are licensed in British Columbia and insured to work on the electrical systems inside your home or building.
As an owner/operated company you can have the peace-of-mind knowing that any electrical work we complete will meet or exceed local electrical safety codes. The work we do will be safe and reliable and we also back all of our work with a 1 year warranty on our workmanship.
If you’d like to receive an estimate to solve your aluminum wiring problems give us a call at (250) 896-8472 or fill out our online contact form and someone will be getting right back to you.